These are the cars in the running for World Car of the Year 2018

The 2018 World Car of the Year award has been narrowed to just three finalists as has been announced at the ongoing Geneva auto show in Switzerland.

The World Car Awards (WCA) is a program initiated by automotive journalists from all over the world, including South Africa.

A jury of more than 80 journalists and writers, including Hannes Oosthuisen from Cars.co.za, have selected the following three finalists for World Car of the year 2018: Mazda CX-5, Range Rover Velar and Volvo XC60 – all of which are available locally.

The winner will be announced at the New York auto show on March 28.

The Jaguar F-Pace was crowned the World Car of the year and World Car Design in 2017. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class won World Luxury Car of the year, and the Porsche Boxster/Cayman was chosen as World Performance Car of the year for 2017.

Volvo XC60

Range Rover Velar

Mazda CX-5


The panel of judges also announced the three finalists for several other categories, including: World Urban Car, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, and World Green Car awards.

2018 World Urban Car

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Volkswagen Polo

World Luxury Car 2018

  • Audi A8
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Porsche Panamera

World Performance Car 2018

  • BMW M5
  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Lexus LC 500

World Green Car 2018

  • BMW 530e iPerformance
  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Nissan LEAF


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These are the cars in the running for World Car of the Year 2018